We offer a wide array of roles and careers at Smith+Nephew, from Manufacturing, Engineering and Research + Development, through to Sales, Marketing and Corporate Services such as Finance, HR, Procurement and IT roles. There's an opportunity for everyone. 


Our departments

Driven by a passion for having a real impact on people’s health and wellbeing, our global sales teams believe in our products and their potential to help patients to live a life unlimited.

Each of our sales professionals is aligned to and specialises in one of our business units: Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Robotics, Orthopaedic Trauma, Sports Medicine, ENT, and Advanced Wound Management.

We pride ourselves on giving customers a high standard of service and invest in developing our sales organisation. Our Global Commercial Training and Education team delivers a consistent content and curriculum-based approach, coupled with commercial training specialisation in key markets.

Ambitious and driven, our sales teams are responsible for building and managing relationships with customers, and working collaboratively with nurses, surgeons, administrators, clinicians and researchers.

Our sales function is made up of several key roles including:

  • Associate sales representatives
  • Sales representatives
  • Territory sales managers
  • Regional sales managers
  • Sales representatives
  • Product specialists
  • Clinical specialists

Our Marketing team is responsible for telling our company story and supporting our businesses by enabling them to market our products and services on a global scale.

As a marketing professional at Smith+Nephew, you will be involved with the development and implementation of brand strategy, product life-cycle management, new product introduction, brand promotion, events, sales training and medical education activities.

Marketing roles include:

  • Global marketing managers
  • Product specialists
  • Marketing communication specialists

We are committed to educating and training healthcare professionals on the safe and effective use of our products.

Every year we provide tens of thousands of surgeons and nurses with opportunities to evaluate the latest evidence, and learn innovative surgical techniques and effective use of our products through our medical education programmes.

Central to our commitment to being a global leader in medical education and improving patient outcomes, is providing a comprehensive accessible learning environment tailored to the needs of the healthcare professional.

Role types include:

  • Medical Education Specialists
  • Content Delivery Managers
  • Procedural Training Specialists
  • Medical Education Events Planners
  • Professional Affairs Specialists

Our Smith+Nephew Academy facilities in Watford (UK), Memphis (USA), Phoenix (USA), Singapore and Munich (Germany) offer an engaging, immersive and interactive training environment for healthcare professionals to experience the latest products and technologies, and refine their techniques under the guidance of expert peers.

We take great pride in our manufacturing expertise. The overall performance of the company depends on our Manufacturing team. 

By generating the exact components needed to assemble medical devices, manufacturing employees endeavor to guarantee that patients have access to the safe and effective treatments they require.

Due to the possibility of the device failing even with a little fault, these components must be manufactured with exceedingly tight tolerances.

The sophisticated machinery that is utilized to create a variety of medical devices and sub-assemblies is maintained and run by our support engineering roles.

Manufacturing roles are site-based at one of our global facilities located in Hull (UK), Warwick (UK), Memphis (USA), Oklahoma City (USA), Coyol (Costa Rica), Penang (Malaysia), Suzhou (China).

Roles includes:

  • Machinist
  • Finishers
  • Packagers
  • Quality Control Technicians
  • Assemblers
  • Technicians
  • CNC Programmers 

Manufacturing Engineers play a vital role at Smith+Nephew, working closely with teams across the business to ensure that products are manufactured efficiently and to a high standard of quality.

They are responsible for designing, developing, and implementing manufacturing processes, as well as troubleshooting and improving existing processes.

Manufacturing Engineers also work closely with suppliers to ensure that the company has the necessary materials and components to meet production demands.

Roles are site-based at one of our global manufacturing facilities:

  • Our Orthopaedics products are primarily manufactured at facilities in Memphis (US), Penang (Malaysia), Aarau (Switzerland), Warwick (UK).
  • Our Sports Medicine products are primarily manufactured at our Alajuela (Costa Rica) and Mansfield (USA) facilities.
  • Our Advanced Wound Management products are produced in Hull (UK), Fort Worth (USA), Columbia, MD (USA) and Suzhou (China).

Roles include: 

  • Digitization Engineer
  • Automation Engineer
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Packaging Process Engineer
  • Staff Engineer
  • OpEx Engineer
  • Quality Engineer

Our global Supply Chain function is wide-ranging and pivotal to the success of our business, ensuring the right products are delivered to the right customers, at the right time. 

Working across the business, our supply chain colleagues collaborate with Manufacturing, Sales and Finance.

Roles in supply chain include: 

  • Loan set technicians
  • Operations managers
  • Demand planning managers 
  • Customer care

When it comes to our products, we ensure we are delivering the best in quality. This means meeting the highest standards of safety and efficacy.

Our Quality Assurance teams establish and enforce these standards and protocols for all stages of product development, manufacturing, and distribution to guarantee that our devices meet regulatory requirements and industry standards. 

Roles include: 

  • Quality Engineer
  • Quality Systems Manager
  • Quality Technician

Our Regulatory Affairs teams play a pivotal role in ensuring that our devices meet all legal and quality standards, allowing them to be marketed and distributed to healthcare professionals and patients with confidence.

They work closely with regulatory authorities, ensuring that our products are safe, effective, and fully compliant with all necessary regulations.

Roles include: 

  • Regulatory Affairs Specialists

Innovation is at the heart of Smith+Nephew.

We deliver new products that empower healthcare professionals with options to improve patient outcomes. Our Product Development Engineers are innovators, who are responsible for the design and development of our medical devices. They apply their technical expertise in concept development, prototyping, product design, and verification/validation testing as well as support through production.

They work collaboratively with surgeons to understand user needs as well as with internal teams from concept through design transfer/production.

Product development roles are site-based at one our facilities around the world.

Roles include: 

  • Research Scientists
  • Microbiologists
  • Systems Engineers
  • Development Engineers
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Software Developers
  • Product Support Specialists
  • Human Factors Engineers
  • Programme Managers

Clinical and Medical Affairs are the bridge between scientific research and the development and marketing of safe and effective medical devices, ensuring that patient well-being and regulatory compliance are at the forefront of their efforts.

Responsibilities encompass a wide range of tasks including clinical strategy, clinical operations, post-market surveillance, and more.

Clinical Affairs roles are a mix of site-based and hybrid.

Roles in Clinical and Medical Affairs include:,

  • Clinical Programme Managers
  • Evidence Analysis and Communications
  • Clinical Strategy Managers
  • Biostatisticians
  • Clinical Operations
  • Medical Affairs Specialists
  • Safety and Surveillance Specialists

Our finance team plays a crucial role in maintaining financial stability and supporting the long-term success of our organization by effectively managing our financial resources and providing valuable financial insights.

Their primary functions include financial planning & analysis, accounting & reporting, tax compliance, finance strategy, and more. 

An engaged and productive workforce is critical to our growth and success and our Human Resources department plays a pivotal role in these people-related aspects of our organization.

They are responsible for aligning HR initiatives with the strategic goals of our business and fostering a positive and inclusive workplace culture.

In addition to hiring, developing, and nurturing talent, our HR Team creates, implements, and oversees programs and initiatives in performance management, compensation & benefits, HR compliance, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, and employee relations. 

Our IT team provides partnership, strategic advice, and support to our employees at all levels of the business, enabling them to focus on delivering the best products and service to our customers.

They are responsible for our technology infrastructure, ensuring that we have the right technology to support business objectives, and safeguarding data and systems from potential risks and vulnerabilities.

Our Business Development team is responsible for identifying and managing M&A opportunities across the global footprint of the company, seeking to achieve growth and profitability within our portfolio.

Our Corporate Affairs team has responsibility for Investor Relations, Public Policy & Government Affairs. This team also leads our corporate brand and communications strategy and initiatives. 

We are committed to helping our employees and third-party partners to do business in the right way. 

Our Global Compliance Programme helps our business to comply with applicable laws, regulations and industry code requirements in the markets in which we operate.

As a Compliance professional, you will work closely with business partners, as well as third party distributors and agents, to ensure that our programme evolves in parallel with business changes and emerging risks in the sector.

As a Legal professional, you will be responsible for providing legal guidance and support to the organisation, ensuring compliance with local laws and regulations. 

Life at Smith+Nephew

It’s our culture - of Care, Collaboration and Courage - that really sets us apart.

Through a spirit of ownership and can-do attitude we work together to win. We’re a company of people who care about each other, about our customers and their patients, and about the communities where we live and work.

Find out more about life at Smith+Nephew, including inclusion, diversity and equity, wellbeing and flexibility.

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Our recruitment process

We're dedicated to building a workplace culture where you can pursue growth opportunities across the entire company. 

Our Talent Acquisition team will be there to support you throughout the recruitment process. 

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